Sunday, February 18, 2007

How to use a dictionary and still get it wrong

Another little gem from my marking. It took me a few moments to understand what had gone wrong.

It's from a correspondence course for Higher English.

Question: What are runes? (You may like to use a dictionary to help you answer this question.)

Student's answer: Runes are remnants of a dwelling or building that are no longer kept mended.


  1. you are kidding!?!?!!!! that is hilarious. i didn't think we could top the You Don't Have To Be Good At Maths one :)

  2. That student should write a rune about the ruins.....

  3. I love it - what a wonderful language is English

  4. Hey, that's the right answer!

    Isn't it?

    Maybe they read the question too quickly.

    Maybe they are Strine, you know, from Australia.

  5. I am so happy that the internet didn't exist when I was at school. I'm sure my history teacher would had years' worth of blog material from my essays.

  6. Mind boggling! a great laugh, though!